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January 24, 2013
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There’s gold in them thar (foot)hills

By cracky! Today is kind of a big deal in the history of Sierra foothill gold mining, at least according to those who celebrate “Talk Like A Grizzled Prospector Day.”

On Jan. 24, 1848, gold was first discovered in the Sierra Nevada. To celebrate the auspicious occasion each year, there are devotees who opt to talk like a grizzled prospector. Since I’m a transplant to the area and do not have roots in the mines of Nevada County, I’ve already expended the one prospector phrase in my repertoire. But I couldn’t pass up the fortuitous opportunity to recognize Talk Like A Grizzled Prospector Day in the Prospector on its publication date.

After learning of Talk Like A Grizzled Prospector Day, I couldn’t help but wonder what else is celebrated today. A quick Google search later revealed that today is also Global Laughter Day, Beer Can Appreciation Day and National Compliment Day.

Now that’s something I can work with!

This Saturday will be the sixth anniversary of Hindi Greenberg’s first theatre review in Prospector. For the past six years, she has written 88 reviews in all, including last week’s look at Off Broadstreet’s “Knockoffs at the Pina Colada.”

Her longevity is a testament to Hindi. Writing reviews is not an easy task. While we are fortunate to have great actors, directors, musicians and creative set designers in Nevada County, there are at least six community theatre companies in town. That translates into more than a dozen productions a year. A lot of time, money, sweat and passion go into each and every production. This is not a metropolitan area, where theater arts is big business with professional cast and crew.

A critical review of community theatre can negatively impact turnout of a production, which doesn’t bode well in a community where every ticket sale makes a difference.

Hindi’s reviews gracefully balance educating the reader about the play, acknowledging highlights of performances, design and blocking, while at times, gently mentioning things that stood out a little too much.

Theater patrons in this community have no shortage of productions from which to choose — avant garde, edgy, musicals, drama and comedy. All are done to a level that exceeds typical community theatre. Read one of Hindi’s reviews, and you’ll get a great glimpse of what to expect when attending the production. Her love of the arts and this community shine through in each one.

Features Editor Brett Bentley can be contacted at bbentley@theunion.com.


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